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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | January 17, 2018

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Charles City, New Kent County schools closed Jan. 17; other closings

By Community Member | January 3, 2018 4:11 pm

Charles City County public schools and New Kent County public schools will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 17, due to anticipated snowfall. Charles City General District Court is closed on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Chickahominy Triad meeting for Jan. 17 is cancelled. Next meeting is Feb. 21, 2 p.m. at Charles City Social Center.

New Kent community rallies as high school sophomore battles heart condition

By Andre Jones | December 29, 2017 11:09 am
Juan Mikel Jones is all smiles and in good spirits as he battles a heart condition.Photo courtesy of Christopher Valdrighi

Ever since the establishment of #NewKentStrong, the New Kent community has bonded through times of adversity, excitement, ups, and downs. Now, the locality is seeking support to assist a New Kent High School sophomore who is suffering from a rare setback. Juan Mikel Jones was airlifted to the University of Virginia on Dec. 19. According to information received, he is suffering from Viral Cardiomyopathy, a disease that thickens the ventricles of the human heart. The teenager now faces the realistic possibility of surgery and a heart transplant. Juan is an honor roll student and was actively involved in several activities…
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Charles City leaders to fund unbudgeted item to improve safety communication

By Andre Jones | December 22, 2017 6:30 pm

Charles City supervisors have agreed to fund an unbudgeted item to the tune of $110,000. Leaders voted unanimously to fund the sheriff’s office request to pay ID Networks to upgrade technology for the communications officers as part of the Dec. 21 regular meeting. At the September work session, the item appeared before supervisors, catching them off guard. At that meeting, county administrator Michelle Johnson told supervisors that previous administration was handling negotiations and that she didn’t find out about the situation until receiving a call at the end of July. Through talks, Johnson was able to get an extension on…
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Henrico Jail East escapee convicted on 15 charges after contested trial

By Andre Jones | December 21, 2017 7:06 pm

A New Kent man who escaped from Henrico Jail East has been found guilty on a total of 15 charges. Howard Allen Groffel, 52, currently of Henrico Jail East, received verdicts of guilty on one count of each of escape, grand larceny, possession of ammunition by a felon, and misdemeanor entering into a vehicle during Dec. 21 contested trial proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. He was also handed guilty convictions on five counts of misdemeanor transport of a firearm while under a protective order, four counts of credit card larceny, and two counts of possession of a weapon after…
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New Kent Planning Commission gives thumbs down to PUD amendment for Rock Creek Villas

By Robb Johnson | December 20, 2017 12:16 pm

Monday’s New Kent Planning Commission public hearing surrounding a proposed amendment to Rock Creek Villas PUD (Planned Unit Development) in attempts to bring affordable housing to senior communities. However, input from citizens and a number of concerns from the commission resulted in a non-favorable recommendation by planners. The planning commission voted 8-0-1 to forward an unfavorable recommendation to county supervisors on the proposal by the Woda Group who represent Peggy and Billy Cunningham on the PUD amendment. Among proposals in the PUD amendment asked by the Woda Group included reduction in the number of maximum number of senior living facility…
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Charles City High School evacuated after gas leak discovered

By Andre Jones | December 19, 2017 11:13 am

Charles City High School was evacuated Tuesday (Dec. 19) morning after a gas leak was discovered at the school. Shortly before 9 a.m., the Chronicle learned that the leak emerged from the high school’s auditorium. Officers and fire emergency crews from both Charles City and New Kent responded and evacuated students from the high school. Those students were relocated to Charles City Elementary School before ultimately being dismissed at 10:30 a.m. The scene was still under investigation as of this release. Students were slated to be in school tomorrow (Dec. 20) for half-a-day before being dismissed for their winter break….
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Stabbing during altercation puts Quinton man in prison for five years

By Andre Jones | December 18, 2017 10:22 pm

A verbal altercation that escalated into a stabbing after a physical confrontation will send a Quinton man to prison for five years. Jeffrey Robert Behney Jr., 22, of the 6000 block of Pine Road, entered an Alford plea of guilt to an amended charge of malicious wounding (originally aggravated malicious wounding) as part of Dec. 18 proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. An Alford plea means while the defendant maintains his innocence, evidence presented in the case would be enough to convict him of the offense. In a summary of evidence, on Apr. 4, New Kent deputies responded to the…
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Hopewell man receives year in jail for sexual interactions with minor

By Andre Jones | December 15, 2017 3:33 pm

A Hopewell man that had sexual interactions with a minor will spend the next year in jail. Cordell Lamar Jones, 19, of the 3700 block of Lafayette Street, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of carnal knowledge without force with a minor between the ages of 13 and 15 (originally rape) during Dec. 15 proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler, on Apr. 28 Charles City Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from the victim’s mother. The victim told deputies that she was walking on the bike path…
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Two more men indicted on sex crimes in Charles City

By Andre Jones | December 15, 2017 3:11 pm

Two Charles City men in unrelated cases have been charged with a plethora of sex crimes in Charles City after sealed indictments were unlocked. –Rodney Johnson, 52, of the 9500 block of Lewis Tyler Lane, has been charged with eight counts of aggravated sexual battery with a minor under the age of 13, six counts of sodomy with a minor under the age of 13, and two counts of sexual penetration with an object. The alleged offenses began in 1996 and continued into the early 2000s. –Jonathan Douglas McMuller, 34, of the 10000 block of Harrison Lake Drive, has been…
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Courthouse Road to close in Charles City for annual Christmas parade

By Community Member | December 12, 2017 5:38 pm

Courthouse Road (Route 155) in Charles City will close Saturday, Dec. 16, for the county’s annual Christmas parade. Courthouse will be closed from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. between Lott Cary Road (Rt. 602) to Ruthville Rd. (Route 612). Motorists can use the following detours: -Traveling northbound: Take Lott Cary Road (Rt. 602) to Adkins Road (Rt. 618). Make a right onto Adkins Road and travel to Pocahontas Trail (Rt. 60) in New Kent. Turn right onto Pocahontas Trail and turn right onto Courthouse Road (Rt. 155 South). -Traveling southbound: Take Rt. 155 North (Courthouse Road) to Pocahontas Trail (Rt. 60) in…
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